Just in case you’re wondering what to do with yourselves on Wednesday evening (as there’s no Summer Series), how about checking on the progress of the Gramps down at Croeso this year? A mixed bag of fortunes on Kenfig Burrows on Days 1 and 2 – a cracking area of vegetated monster dunes a bit like Forvie onContinue reading “Croeso 2016”
Several parent-child* pairings from NE Scotland entered this year’s SLMM in Martindale, it’s becoming a bit of a tradition. Congratulations to the following Gramp and Maroc teams: Lachlan and Dave Kirk, 29th (out of 71 finishers) in Carrock Fell class Keith and Gareth Yardley, 4th (out of 86 finishers) in Harter Fell class Alistair andContinue reading “Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon”
If you see Bob Daly going about at one of the Summer Series over the next few weeks congratulate him on his call up to the Scottish Vets Squad for the VHIs in Northern Ireland 3rd/4th September. (If you don’t know him, he’s the one who always runs late and always offers to collect controls.)Continue reading “Scottish Vets call up for Bob Daly”
Well done to all our GJOs who’ve been putting in the hours training prior to Summer Series events recently before traveling down to compete in this year’s Jamie Stevenson Trophy at Balkello near Dundee last weekend. 14 clubs attended from all over Scotland and ran Yellow, Orange, Light Green and Green courses with a pointsContinue reading “Jamie Stevenson 2016”
The fell-runners of the club were out and about over the weekend taking part in the last Highlander Mountain Marathon in Glen Cannich. “A great event and amazing weather conditions, with some really tough courses. Didn’t expect the B to be quite the test it was for me, or my right shoe (which had halfContinue reading “10th (and last) Highlander 2016”
In recognition of his invaluable contribution to the success of Highland 2015, this year the SOA President’s Medal will be going to Richard Oxlade. Read all about it here. Congratulations and thanks once again from the rest of the club to Richard for stepping up to that very challenging role on our behalf. (Just hopeContinue reading “President’s Medal 2016 goes to Richard Oxlade”
Having dismantled the final marquee about 2pm today after the Relays, Richard eventually went off home for a well-earned rest and to apologise to his cat for force feeding it all last week (he needed the box the cat food sachets come in as it had perfectly sized compartments for three rows of neatly foldedContinue reading “Scottish Championships 2016”
1996 11 Person Relay Winners Richard Oxlade, Rob Hickling, James Esson, Tim Nash, Bob Daly Gordon Hendry, George Esson Andrew Lobban, Duncan Grassie, Laura Mackinnon, David Esson Planner was Neil McLean Controller was Chris Aust Organiser was Donald Grassie The first (and only) response to our wee competition was Neil McLean whose first reaction onContinue reading “40th Anniversary Photo Competition”
5 dedicated GRAMPs made the trip down south for this year’s JK held in Yorkshire. Bob Daly and Ian Hamilton took on the Sprint course in brilliant sunshine on Day 1 at Leeds Uni (cracking looking map on RG) and were then joined by Rob and Anne Hickling and Gen Jones for Day 2 atContinue reading “JK2016 & CompassSport Cup”
To celebrate GRAMP’s 40th birthday, I thought we might run a wee competition for some of our long-standing members. Click on the photo to get a better view if needed, then drop an email to email@example.com with the answers to these questions: Who are all these skinny/hirsute people? What year was the photo taken? WhatContinue reading “Who are all these skinny/hirsute people?”
Nothing to do with orienteering but he is a Gramp so I feel totally justified in passing on a link to something Ian Searle spotted and flagged up with the comment ‘Simply outstanding!’ Seconded! Intrigued? Click here.
GRAMP’s 40th Birthday is this April! We’re now officially Vet class! Join us for a birthday dinner to celebrate at Raemoir House on evening of Friday the 22nd of April. Further details to come… Altogether now – Happy Birthday to us! Happy Birthday to us!
Well the wrinklies were either too slow or didn’t chance their way past some very unclear mapping particularly in the old town of South Queensferry, so no Champs to report. But the girls did well – Josie Gomersall was 2nd W16 and Morven and Kirsty took 3rd and 4th respectively in W12.
Congratulations to Sam Gomersall on his M50 win on Saturday at Bonaly near Edinburgh. We have another Champion to kick start 2016’s Roll of Honour. (Take note JL.) Other performances of note were Josie 3rd W16, Gordon Urquart 3rd M35 and Helen Rowlands running up and taking 2nd W45.
Can you beat 68/70 in 165 seconds? (all options selected, 3 multiple choice answers per question) Maprunner IOF control descriptions quiz
Congratulations to all our trophy winners! Juniors: Josie Gomersall & Paul Caffyn Seniors: Ewelina Szczeblewska & Mark Stockton Veterans: Lesley Gomersall & Evgueni Chepelin Super Veterans: Sonia Armitage & Rob Hickling The trophies were presented at the AGM, although some recipients queried the results (Lesley G, “Are you sure?!”) If you weren’t there and think nobody else mightContinue reading “GRAMP Champs 2015”
For those of you who didn’t make it to the AGM, here’s a copy of the Chairman’s Report and the 2015 Roll of Honour and other awards. 2015 GRAMP Roll of Honour.pdf Chairmans report 2015.pdf
The last championship event of the year, the Scottish Score Orienteering championships, was held last Sunday 22nd November at Pitmedden Forest, Fife. The provisional results can be found are the KFO website here. Gramp competitors ran well and came away with some excellent results: M20 – 1st Jack Gomersall W45 – 5th Helen Rowlands W50Continue reading “Scottish Score Champs and Inter-Club Championships”
Having “done” Venice, Barcelona and Rome in previous years, we looked at either Antwerp or Sevilla for our autumn City O Break this year and the lure of tapas, beautiful medieval streets and the chance to practice our Spanish again swung it. (Sorry, Antwerp!) 3 very different O races to help justify all that tapasContinue reading “Pete’s turn on the podium @ Trofeo Sevilla O-Meeting”
Congratulations to David and Lachlan Kirk on their excellent 10th place on the C Course in this year’s OMM. Quite a debut for an M16 (although we already knew that Lachlan can run the legs off anything!) And thanks for the tip off and congratulations too to Mark Stockton and Urban Sprint newcomer, Chris Cowley,Continue reading “OMM 2015”
He won’t thank me for telling you this (he’s very quiet and self-effacing) but we have a hero in our midst. He’s been regularly volunteering to get controls in after events for years and years but looks like he’s now started collecting competitors instead…..! “Can you relay a thank you to Bob Daly who cameContinue reading “Hero of the hour!”
Our very own Rob Hickling helped Scotland to second place down in Wales over the weekend. I haven’t had a chance to read the results in detail but did spot him doing very well in the individual M60 competition on Saturday chasing down fellow Scot and big rival Eddie Harwood to score 7 and 8Continue reading “VHIs 2015 – Scotland gain 2nd place”
Well done to GJOs Dara Tivendale, Morven Farquharson, Isobel Anderson, Kirsty Farquharson, Duncan Will, Douglas Walmsley, Mairi Walmsley and Alex Lang for holding it together at Wood of Easter Clune over the weekend and not being phased by stiff competition from Maroc and MOR. They ran in courses varying from White to Light Green andContinue reading “North Clubs Junior Competition 2015”
Congratulations to the following GRAMPS on their SOL successes in 2015: Rob Hickling 1st M60 (have a good one at the VHIs this weekend!) George Esson 3rd M65S Neil McLean 1st M70 Morven Farquharson 2nd W10 Kirsty Farquharson 3rd W10 Carolyn McLeod 1st W40L Anne Hoy 3rd W55S Anne Hickling 1st W60S
This pair of apes were spotted swinging through the canopy at Crathes this afternoon. There is a banana skin for the first person who can work out which Gramp members are in disguise.
Congratulations to everyone who achieved one of the summer series awards: Gold: Ailsa Anderson, Isobel Anderson, Paul Caffyn, Olivia Coman, Lachlan Kirk, Patrick Lang, Joe Wright, Keith Yardley Silver: Eilidh Campbell, Alex Lang, Duncan Will Bronze: Alistair Chapman, Jake Chapman, Heather Darby, Gideon Emerson, Amber Graham, Luke Graham, Naomi Lang, Abigail Mason, John Silver, HannahContinue reading “Summer Series 2015 Awards”
Great result for Tim yesterday in a truly mind boggling race around the peaks on either side of Glen Coe. Part hill running, part scrambling, part Spider Manning his way round 30 odd km of brutal terrain in 7:55:09 and only 11 minutes behind the Skyrunning World Champion, Emelie Forsberg. (Don’t think he’ll mind beingContinue reading “Tim Gomersall 6th in inaugural Glen Coe Skyline Race”
With all the excitement of the World Champs, I haven’t forgotten our own gold, silver and bronze awards. Since one of this year’s summer events was cancelled (Tollo Hill), I’ve decided to reduce the qualification for the gold award to just 9 events. There are quite a few of you who could get to thatContinue reading “Summer Series awards”
Ali Robertson leaping over one of Strathfarrar’s finest boggy bits. (Photo by ActivNorth) This may look impressive but is as nothing compared to the hoops Richard Oxlade and Anne Hickling have been jumping through on our behalf over the last two years in their respective roles as Highland 2015 Co-ordinator and Scottish Orienteering 6-Day EventContinue reading “S6D Highland 2015”
Congratulations to Lachlan and Keith for taking their dads for a run round Coniston this weekend in the Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon. Tricky control sites (some even missing) and poor visibility on Day1 all adding to the fun. Keith and Dad 3rd in Wansfell class; Lachlan and Dad 13th in Harter Fell class; and congratsContinue reading “Junior Gramps at the Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon”
A small but determined contingent of Gramps travelled across to EckoLand for the Scottish Championships 23rd/24th May and gained several podium finishes between them: 1st 17+ Points Relay Class: Gramp One aka Carolyn and Iain McLeod and Bob Daly (Woohoo!) W21S Individual: Heather Hale (Woohoo too!) 2nd W50L Carolyn McLeod W55S Anne Hoy M50S RichardContinue reading “Scottish Championships 2015”
Rachel Scott and Kate Robertson helped Team CNR to victory today in the ActivityMix Corporate Decathlon Urban Navigation event. Although as it all took place within a very small and well-known area of central Aberdeen there was very little navigation involved unless you count the navigation through Google and Yahoo pages to find the answersContinue reading “Grampian Orienteers help CNR to victory in the ActivityMix CD Urban Navigation”
Congrats to Pete Lawrence and Anne Hickling for their 3rd places overall on M50S and W60S respectively after 2 days of tough and intricate orienteering in the Lake District. Steep, rocky, muddy hillsides really sorted the sheep from the mountain goats. It was all too tempting to follow the muddy trods along the path ofContinue reading “JK2015 – 2 GRAMPs on the podium”
Just over 30 GRAMP members enjoyed a beautiful sunny day at Balnagowan on Sunday. Full results are on the MAROC website http://www.marocscotland.org.uk/ In the club competition the result was close but GRAMP came 3rd, just behind much larger teams from FVO and ESOC. Special mention should be made of Jonathan Smith, who inadvertently entered theContinue reading “Compass Sport Cup 2015 Results”
(It’s not often I get to put my own name up in lights so I’m going to enjoy this while it lasts….!) Congrats to Helen Rowlands and Rachel Scott for winning 1st and 2nd Female in this year’s Mini Deeside Night Cup (aka the Short course). Chocolatey prizes featured largely and also vouchers from FieldContinue reading “DNC Mini Night Cup 14/15 successes”
For those of you who didn’t make it to the AGM, here’s a copy of the Chairman’s Report and the 2014 Roll of Honour and other awards. Don’t forget that Ian H is still waiting for your contributions to the 2014 Yearbook to add a little colour to this list of achievements so get scribbling!!Continue reading “2014 Chairman’s Report and Roll of Honour”
Congratulations to all our trophy winners! Juniors: Naomi Lang & Sasha Chepelin Seniors: Jen Hickling & Mark Stockton Veterans: Helen Rowlands & Sam Gomersall Super Veterans: Oonagh Grassie & Rob Hickling The trophies were presented at the AGM when Iain McLeod unveiled the new category of Super Vets (55+) to reflect our membership age rangeContinue reading “GRAMP Champs 2014”
Congratulations to these GRAMPs who have been crowned SOL Class Winners for 2014: W10B Morvern Farqhuarson W40L Carolyn McLeod W55S Oonagh Grassie M18 Sasha Chepelin M21L Gordon Hale M35S David Esson M60L Rob Hickling M70L Neil McLean And congratulations too to Tim Gomersall, Katrina McLeod and Calum McLeod on receiving their call up papers forContinue reading “GRAMP SOL Champions 2014 and SEDS call ups for 2015”
….to Tim Gomersall and Anna Wells 2nd Mixed Pair and 6th Overall on the B Mark Stockton and Chris Cowley* 15th on the A (*not a GRAMP member yet but I’m sure Mark gave him the hard sell to pass the time overnight!!) .
RtC Part 1: From the serious athlete having fun pitting himself against the world’s elite to someone just having serious fun, all the Gramps who travelled down to Edinburgh and Stirling over the weekend had a great time in the urban legs of RtC. Sasha is collecting international scalps like there’s no tomorrow especially withContinue reading “Race The Castles”
Congratulations, Sasha! Photos and an interview here .
Well done to the SOA Team who travelled down to the Lake District to compete in the Junior Inter Regional Champs and won by a very close 5 points over NWOA. Nopesport reports that Sasha and another competitor stopped to help someone with a dislocated shoulder but that Sasha still went on toContinue reading “SOA win JIRCs – Sasha mentioned in despatches”
Congratulations to the North Team, including GJOs Naomi Lang, Patrick Lang, Ailsa Anderson, Keith Yardley & Alex Lang, on their comprehensive victory at this year’s Junior Inter-Area Relays held on a complicated little area close to the Falkirk Wheel. North won with 145 points, West 117, East 76. I’m told that Stirling YH survived aContinue reading “JIAR and Interclub Relay 2014”
Gamekeeper turned poacher? Something like that – what I’m trying to say is that hopefully Rob H enjoyed the VHIs as a competitor rather than team manager for a change having handed over the reins last year. This year’s competition was hosted by NGOC at their Caddihoe Chase event. Rob won M60 on the firstContinue reading “VHI 2014 – Scotland come second with Rob’s help”
http://www.scottish-orienteering.org/scotjos/ward-junior-home-internationals-2014 I like the description of Sasha’s contribution in the relays … “Sasha then showed just why he is British no. 1 by coming home in the lead a full 15 minutes clear of his nearest rival.” Helen R
Yes, this is a bit late after the event but we’d hoped that maybe ScotJOS had been secretly engaging in some media training and if we hung on we might have heard all about it from Sasha himself. He’s obviously still recovering though judging by the lack of a willowy figure flitting round Scolty last nightContinue reading “Successful debut for Sasha representing GBR at JWOC 2014”
Lachlan Kirk and Keith Yardley spent their weekend having a go at a mountain marathon, generally the preserve of adults. The Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon has a class called ‘Bedafell’ specifically for parent and child, where the child is aged 14-18. Lachlan did it with his dad and got a fantastic third place. Keith andContinue reading “Two Gramp Juniors get their first taste of a mountain marathon”
Five club members have just completed a first aid for sport course. Here’s an action shot from the training day just begging for a caption competition – leave us a comment if you have any ideas! But seriously, thanks to Laura, Helen, Carolyn, Ewen and Adrian for putting themselves forward for this important but unsungContinue reading “First aiders practising their TLC”
CompassSport mag has a behind the technical scenes exposé of how Ali Robertson created his fiendish E-W reversed map for the HHH this year. Sounds like he bashed his brain to create the map far more than we had to bash ours trying to use it. (Are we sympathetic?) In SCORE, Neil McLean waxes lyricalContinue reading “GRAMPs in print”
Photos from Carolyn now on Flickr – more to follow. Overall position 5th at the Jamie Stevenson Trophy today. WELL DONE to you all for taking part. I thought you all competed very well despite the mud and drizzle! You had great team spirit especially when you stayed by the finish to cheer everyone in.Continue reading “Jamie Stevenson Trophy 2014”